Life Skills: Centering and Grounding Techniques for Youth
Pre-teens struggle with concerns about self-esteem, self-awareness, peer pressure, and appropriate judgment. Many need to improve their impulse control; others need to assert themselves verbally. Lifelong attitudes about self-acceptance and acceptance by others are formed in these years.
A class teaching centering will support preteens in establishing good habits of thought about themselves and others. They will learn:
1. to avoid judging themselves and others and instead to practice listening and accepting
2. to take a few moments to think objectively before making a decision
3. to identify and avoid self-defeating beliefs
The Centering class will be offered on four Saturdays in the fall. Parents are welcome to attend the first session with their child. The final three classes will be for the preteens only.
Centering is unrelated to religion, dogma, or psychotherapy. Centering encourages the individual to align with one's own integrity, to refer to their own values when making a decision, and to trust themselves.